As a young girl born in a farming community, I had the privilege to see various farm produce which was grown in my mother’s farm as well as our neighbors. One day, my mother brought plantain that she harvested home, among the plantain one had a maximum of three fingers on the whole bunch. Another one had a lot of fingers and it was so beautiful, one that a farmer will call a bounty harvest.
Out of curiosity, I asked my mother about these two types of plantain which caught my attention which was extremely different. She told me, the one with few fingers is called “kaamenko” literally meaning “left with me alone”, the other “apem” meaning “thousand”.
Growing up, I have come to realize that many people live as “kaamenko”, living for one’s self. A belief that I should enjoy before any other person. Many live for individual and family good instead of the best majority. Individual interests have overridden general interest. Someone would say, why should I sacrifice for everyone to enjoy. This attitude cuts across all religions and cultures. Sometimes it becomes difficult to comprehend most especially in the body of Christ. The ultimate sacrifice on the cross has been relegated and many are struggling to make a living in the Christendom. We should endeavor to live like “apem” to feed thousands and for our lives to affect multitudes.
Life will be worth living if the interest of the majority is considered before embarking on some activities. Businesses will become bigger if we can partner with those of similar interests. If the civil servants will be generational thinkers, they will give their utmost performance in rendering their services. Policymakers will make policies that will benefit the majority, our streets will be empty of street children if we learn to be responsible for one another, with the knowledge that we can do great together like the lesson from the broom.
As Christ said, “until a seed is sown and dies, it abides alone”. Let’s psyche our minds like “apem” and strive to impact thousands. We have just one life to live and after, we will leave as empty as we came but the lives we affect will still live on. May the life we live be a lamp to guide the next generation and our fire flame after we are long departed. Be a mentor!
By Akosua Omenaa(Apatu the Bluebird)